Hi again everyone, I was waiting for replies to this post to see what everyone's opinions are..
I have always retained a lot of water when I exercise. I dont know why, but it has always been true - especially with weight training. I do pack on visible muscle fairly quickly..about one month into heavy weight lifting I see muscle cuts at any weight I happen to be. It may not be "actual muscle", but water for sure.
I feel bloated all the time and every once in a while the water goes a way for a few days and thats when I get my true weight, but then I retain again, lol. Its very frustrating, but I am built that way.
My periods are always heavy also and at least 3-4 lbs of water gain then too. I have bad cramps, but I find that the more exercise I do before my period (and no cokes or caffeine), I can get through it easier. I workout through the cramps too - pop some serious painkillers and just exercise. I can't be off exercise 7-8 days and just make myself do it. I totally understand how awful that can be.
So, that's why I say scale weight is deceptive. It is used on this SP site a lot, as well as others. This is unfortunate because it really does not take into account how heavy your organs, bones are - or that you may be retaining water, etc. I do have a body fat monitor scale (Taylor also) and do track it along with tape measurements (love my Myotape!!) and the calipers I just started using with ChaLean...when I jot all the numbers down...the scale is reading 21% higher than the calipers.
It's because the electric current going through your leg is only taking into account your bottom half...and that is precisely where the majority of my fat is. I have some all over, but my butt and legs have the bulk of it.
I think if I did a handstand on the scale and measured that, it would be a different fat% reading. I should try that to see if my theory is correct.
Anyway, I look at it, but I am taking the calipers more seriously now because I also used the Covert Bailey calculator (that I have heard is supposed to be newer and pretty acurate) and the caliper and that calculator where 1% off from each other....so the calipers are closer to true numbers.
Here is the calculator if you want to see for yourself how this compares to the caliper readings. It requires some body measurements and it is 3-5% off for really super fit people and/or skinny unfit people...just so you know.. www.healthcentral.com/cholesterol/home-bod
I saw you metioned BMI. That is another measurement that doesn't mean too much either because it doesn't take into account muscle and heavy bones people are carrying around. Many fit muscular people are told they are fat with this BMI method. I totally ignore this measurement.
For me the only true way to tell is to take body measurements and now the caliper is pretty good too. I found today that I lost 1% body fat since I started ChaLean a week ago. I tested it 4 times and got the same result with the calipers, so maybe I did lose some. I am also noticing that my glutes are feeling more defined. Their shape is a little different and so are my triceps and shoulders and I only started ChaLean a week ago (and did some Cathe weight lifting 2 weeks prior).
If you look at yourself a little closer you may notice some slight changes in your definition or contours that are not showing up on the scale or even in pictures yet.
Another thing to do is to buy a pair of jeans you want to fit into and every week or month try them on and see if they get easier to slip into. I did this with a pair of cut off jean shorts (in my pics on my spark page) and took pictures when I was able to fit into them loosely.
I am going to repeat myself again, sorry - lol:
The best way to gauge your progress when you start strength training is with clothes, measurements and progress pics. Buy clothes that are smaller and try them on to see how they start fitting. Also take progress pics with the same clothes you have now and watch them get bigger.
So, don't get discouraged. I went through all this before and the fat will come off eventually, you just have to be smarter and more stubborn than your body to trick into losing that fat reserve.
Edited by: TOTALREDO2013 at: 4/9/2011 (22:33)
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